May 25, 2013 (Jianyang, Chengdu) We held a blindness prevention screening clinic at a community health center in Jianyang. These county level health centers are an important node in the battle against cataract blindness, and of the screenings we did, 40-50% of eyes had advanced cataracts, and we some some patients who had had cataract surgery with very poor results. The need was reinforced again this trip. The clinics went smoothly and the team got a glimpse, but a reasonable sense for the burden of disease, an insight into the delivery system and a first hand experience with the challenges of the infrastructure.
Ophthalmologist joining a medical team providing clinical care and academic exchange programs in West China, Swaziland and Peru. Sponsored by the Dean McGee Eye Institute (DMEI) these trips support the existing eye care infrastructure in the countries we visit with additional clinical care, educational exchanges and research. The program is an integrated component of the DMEI Global Eye Care Program (http://gec1.org) with outreach into West China, Swaziland and Peru as well as local program to underserved populations in Oklahoma.... full info